If you haven’t yet heard of the HTC Sensation (codenamed Pyramid), it is HTC’s first 1.2GHz dual-core powered Android device with a 4.3″ qHD Super LCD display. Those two specs are more than enough to get your geek juices flowing, then comes the bad news: the bootloader is signed. What does this mean to the average Android user? Jack-all. Though for a savvy Android user this means that you cannot flash custom builds of Android onto the device, which somewhat goes against the openness of Android. Motorola have been getting a kicking over this lately and have said they’ll be allowing unsigned bootloaders (Sony Ericsson style) for their new devices at the end of the year. Will HTC go down this path? Who knows, but if we push them enough they just might leave the dark side.

As for availability of the Sensation in Australia, we’ve received several tips from trusted and anonymous sources that it is in Telstra’s system and could launch in June. Add salt where required.

Source: Android Police.
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Poyda
Poyda
9 years ago

Released in June? Telstra have had the Desire S sitting on their desk for 3 months now.

Level380
Level380
Reply to  Poyda
9 years ago

 Desire S and HTC sensation are different phones… One is 3.7″ screen, one is 4.3″, one is single core 1ghz, one is dual core 1.2ghz, one is 5mp camera, one is 8mp…. one is running sense 2.x, one is running sense 3.x

Johnny
Johnny
Reply to  Level380
9 years ago

 i think he was being sarcastic, he meant that Telco’s here take there sweet time releasing phones.

anon2
anon2
9 years ago

Meh whatever.  Hello Samsung Galaxy S2!

Buzz Moody
Reply to  anon2
9 years ago

I’m aboard that ship

anon
anon
9 years ago

 I wonder if the locked bootloader is related to Telstra’s mobile content deal with the AFL amongst other things.

I suspect “big media” may be having an undue influence on the decision to lock the bootloader, with the availability of tablets that may be more important for them.

Buzz Moody
Reply to  anon
9 years ago

  I don’t think has much to do with Telstra or any carrier directly. HTC having been locking up all their new phones which is a shame.

But yes, manufacturers are influenced heavily by carriers.

Tim
Tim
Reply to  Buzz Moody
9 years ago

Interesting. Why would HTC decide to start locking bootloaders? What is the advantage to them in annoying/loosing potential customers?  to them in annoying/loosing potential customers? 

Adin K
Reply to  Tim
9 years ago

It’s probably to get as many carriers on board as possible, as that’s where the big money comes in from, not individual handset sales. Carriers don’t like environments that aren’t under their control, so it’s within their interests to lock handsets down as much as possible to save on support, warranty, etc. (and yes, even if you acknowledge custom ROMs void your warranty and whatnot it’s still in their best interests to stop you doing it. That’s not how carriers work, as opposed to companies aiming for enthusiasts, vis Nexus/S).

Tim
Tim
Reply to  Buzz Moody
9 years ago

Interesting. Why would HTC decide to start locking bootloaders? What is the advantage to them in annoying/loosing potential customers?  to them in annoying/loosing potential customers? 

Johnny
Johnny
9 years ago

Imagine the plan that it is going to be on if it goes to Telstra :'(

Buzz Moody
Reply to  Johnny
9 years ago

We’ve heard that there currently isn’t plans expensive enough. 😉

Johnny
Johnny
Reply to  Buzz Moody
9 years ago

 haha prediction:Telstra $99 +$50 mobile repayments

Johnny
Johnny
Reply to  Johnny
9 years ago

 p.s on mobicity site it shows this…


Network BandGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, 3G 900 (Optus YesG/Vodafone), 3G 2100Recommended NetworksOptus 2G, Optus 3G, Telstra 2G, Three, Vodafone 2G, Vodafone 3G

It doesn’t say anything about 3G Telstra?

Buzz Moody
Reply to  Johnny
9 years ago

 Different variations are made by HTC all the time. 

Bomyne
9 years ago

It’s not iOS so no one really cares about it.

Bomyne
9 years ago

It’s not iOS so no one really cares about it.

Tim
Tim
Reply to  Bomyne
9 years ago

You’re on the wrong site, sorry buddy. 😉 

behelit
behelit
9 years ago

/fail

Zaki Mohzani
9 years ago

disgusting.. NO HTC NO